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Gran says UK must “play our best football” at Alabama

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)


“A bunch of war daddies” is what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says his team will be facing Saturday night when it plays at No. 1 Alabama.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran sees an exciting challenge waiting for UK.

“The No. 1 team in the country, we get to go on the road. It’s exciting. That’s why these guys came here, to play in this kind of atmosphere. We’re going to have to go out and play our best football,” Gran said Tuesday.

“Anytime you play the No. 1 team in the country you’ve got to play your best football. We’ve got to be detailed, we’ve got to do a great job with the ball, we’ve got to help our defense by staying on the field. So, had two really good practices in a row and they seem to be really locked in.”

Kentucky’s offense did not fare well earlier this season at Florida.  Then Stephen Johnson was the backup quarterback and played only briefly late in the game. Now with Drew Barker hurt, Johnson will start Saturday night.

“He got that little introduction there. It wasn’t very good so we’ve got to obviously build, we’ve got to move forward and we’ve got to move forward very fast,” Gran said.


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  1. Give Coach Gran credit for stating the obvious. The Cats will have to play out of their minds, and Alabama not bring their “A” game for us to have a chance Saturday night. I was encouraged by the effort and enthusiasm shown against South Carolina, but this is a monster that we are facing. My hope is that we come out of the game without anyone hurt, and our heads held high. Against the rest of our schedule, if we play like we did last game, we have a chance.

  2. Bama is not a monster. A talented football team to be sure but a monster, no. On any given day, it can be beaten. KY has to want to compete with them and then beat them. Can’t go in scared. Look them in the eye and give them the best you have.

    1. I just want to see UK play with effort and passion

  3. Get after No. 34 Cats!!!!

  4. We’ll have our hands full, but it can be done. We beat the national champions in 07. We did it then. We can do it now.

    GO CATS!!!

  5. Not to Sully the great feel good story that was south Carolina. But boys , the uptick at South Carolina is over. While it was a south eastern conference win , it was a bottom feeder like UK is. Wins are good. But consistency in beating the heavyweights is a long long way off. Not trying to be negative, it sounds much like it though. I just don’t see south Carolina as a signature or significant win these days.

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